June 12, 2013. With her first title in two years Gauri Monga today quenched her victory drought by bagging the Usha IGU Southern India Ladies Challenge. She held on to her narrow lead and beat back a strong challenge from the in-form Gurbani Singh on the final day.
A bogey by Gurbani on 17th put her back by two and despite a closing bogey by a tense Gauri, she pulled off a great win by one shot.
Gauri carded a 73 to total three-over 219 and Gurbani (71) aggregated 220.
Gauri had nearly left India for the US for collegiate golf. She however reversed that decision and got down to working on her game. She was third place last week at Usha Karnataka Ladies and now finally has a win. The win also made up for her second place behind Gurbani at the same event last year.
Gauri teed off the day one shot clear of Gursimar Badwal (76) and Tvesa Malik (75). But the latter two fell back even as Gurbani made a charge. Three behind Gauri at the start of the day, she came within one shot by the 11th. Both had carded one-under front nines and then Gauri bogeyed the 10th and Gurbani birdied the 11th. Gauri birdied the 15th and bogeyed the 16th as the gap stayed in her favour by one.
A bogey by Gurbani on 17th put her back by two and despite a closing bogey by a tense Gauri, she pulled off a great win by one shot. Astha Madan, the first round leader crept up to third place with a final round of 73 for a total of 221, while Tvesa Malik was fourth at 222.
Gursimar Badwal was fifth at 223 and Raksha Phadke was sixth at 226. Aditi Ashok, second in the last two events, was seventh despite a day’s best 71 and she totalled 227.
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